Date And Time
Thu, August 22, 2019
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM BST
Fab Café Bar
111 Portland Street
The book launch will run from 6-7pm, followed by a social at the Fab Cafe for the “Gaming at the Boundaries” stream at the ESA conference!
“Marx at the Arcade” is a groundbreaking study of not only the politics and history of videogames, but also of their production: of the terrible working conditions that force horrendous hours during the “crunch”, the intensified exploitation made possible by the supposed glamour of many people’s “dream job”, the atomisation and deskilling of the workforce in the search for greater profit. And, crucially, of the growing efforts of workers across the globe in the industry to organise collectively to demand change.
Dr Jamie Woodcock is a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford. He is also the author of Working The Phones (Pluto, 2017), a study of a call centre in the UK. His research focuses on labour, work, the gig economy, platforms, resistance, organising, and videogames. He is on the editorial board of Notes from Below and Historical Materialism.
“Jamie Woodcock has written a book as fun and engrossing as any game. Not only does he bring a sharp Marxist analysis to the videogames industry–in turn, he uses games to further our understanding of Marx. Whether you game or not, an indispensable book.” —Sarah Jaffe, author of Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt